Heat Wave Begins Today

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Thursday’s Weather Discussion from Meteorologist Melissa Frey:

The day has just begun and at 10 a.m. we’re already 10 degrees warmer than this time yesterday. The heat is on and it’s here to stay.

The area of low pressure which had been sitting off shore is being forced north into the Gulf of Alaska. It’s taking the rain, clouds and chilly air with it and replacing it is a large area of high pressure, the same high pressure that is bringing the desert southwest well into the 100s.

That high pressure is not only forcing the jet stream north, it’s also going to move north itself. With high pressure in place our skies will clear, the sun will return and temperatures will begin to soar.

Thursday and Friday will be much warmer, but because we still have a relatively moist air mass in place, we’ll also be quite muggy. Highs will be near 82° Thursday and 88° by Friday. We’ll stay in the upper 80s through the weekend.

Early next week that ridge of high pressure will be centered right over western Oregon, this is when we’ll see the warmest temperatures. Highs will likely be in the low 90s for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

If you’re hoping to find some relief from the heat, the coast is a great option. The coast will stay in the upper 60s and low 70s, but still dry and mostly sunny. The Umpqua Basin will be much hotter, returning to the low 90s beginning Friday and mid 90s early next week. 

Have a great day!
~Meteorologist Melissa Frey

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